Today is our family dog’s 7th birthday. She is a Siberian Husky and although she moves a little slower these days, she still musters up the strength for a good round of chase with our 6-year-old in the backyard every evening. As I ran the vacuum for the third time today (Husky owners, I know you get this), I couldn’t help but think how much fuller Bronx has made our vacuum bag and our lives these past 7 years. So it’s only natural that when I sat down to write this blog, I couldn’t help but think of all the reasons I love having a dog.
So without further ado, here are my top three reasons all families should have a dog.
There is truly nothing better than the love you receive from a dog. The minute you walk in the door at my house there is no doubt you are loved. There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend. Even if I’ve been gone for only five minutes, she’s excited to see me walk through the door. Don’t we all need someone to act like they’ve won the lotto every time they see us? Whether we are sad, happy, exhausted, or frustrated, none of it matters when we go to pet Bronx. She loves us just as we are, no strings attached.
A year after we brought home Bronx, we welcomed our daughter. They virtually grew up together, so they have been best friends since day one. The bond they have is one that would be hard to break. It’s taught both of them patience, love, understanding and kindness. Bringing a dog into our family has been the best decision we ever made. If you are thinking about it, and willing and able to put in the work and time required, my advice would always be to get a dog!